Tibet and Western China in brief

Geographical features:

The Western part of China consists of one municipality – Chongqing, six provinces –  Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai, and three autonomous regions – Tibet, Ningxia and Xinjiang

Population: more than 300.000.000 people

Borders: North – Mongolia; Northwest – Kazakhstan; West – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan; Southwest – India and Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh , and Burma; South – Laos and Vietnam

The total area: 5,473,600 sq.km

Important waterway: Yellow River (Huang He) – the second longest river in China, well protected and a “birthplace” of Chinese Civilization

Important cities: Ürümqi and Lhasa

Highest point: The Mount Everest or Chomolungma among Tibetans

Lowest point: Turpan Depression Continue reading “Tibet and Western China in brief”

Exploring China

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Territorial boundaries: North – Mongolia, Northwest – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Northeast – Russia, East – East China Sea, North Korea, South – Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Southwest – Bhutan, Nepal, West – India, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Most important waterways: Yangtze River, Yellow River, Li River, East China Sea, Korean Bay, Yellow Sea, South China Sea

Area: China is the third largest country with an area of 9.6 million km2

Capital: Beijing

Important cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Suzhou

Highest point: Mount Everest (29,035 ft)

Lowest point: Ayding Lake (-505 ft)

Time zone: UTC +8 hours Continue reading “Exploring China”

Tibet: A Great Fear of Losing Identity

I would like to start my blog with the history of Tibet because it is a very important aspect of any country when trying to understand their particular culture. It is important to be aware of the real struggle the Tibetan people have gone through for many years.

We can begin with the 19th and 20th century; a period in history when Tibet underwent many changes:

1895 – Dalai Lama XIII – announced (de-facto) that Tibet is an independent Government, not belonging to the Chinese Government.

1950 – Communist Party of China, led by Mao Tse-Tung, entered Tibet and crushed the smaller Tibetan Army. They took over control of Tibet, and demanded that they accept new Chinese power and occupation of their territory. Unfortunately for Tibet, in 1951 they were forced to sign the Tibetan-Chinese agreement and Tibet became a National autonomous region, under the rule of the Communist Party. Continue reading “Tibet: A Great Fear of Losing Identity”